It was the beautiful lake rather than a passion for wine which started the story of Trevibban Mill Vineyard. When Liz and Engin Mumcuoglu were looking to buy some land near the Cornish town of Padstow, it was the lake at the front of what is now Trevibban Mill Vineyard & Orchards that truly sealed the deal and led them to purchase the remnants of an 18th century water mill and the surrounding estate.
At first the plan was to restore the mill to its former glory but very soon the couple had other, more ambitious ideas. It was 2008 and wine production in Cornwall had yet to hit it’s renaissance period but Liz and Engin could see the potential in their newly-acquired land to be home to a thriving business. Together they enrolled on a year-long course in Brighton at the prestigious Plumpton College, which is renowned for being the UK’s centre of excellence in wine.
Fast forward to 2018 and with 11,000 vines and 7,000 apple trees on site, Trevibban Mill has not only won dozens of awards for wines (and ciders) but has become a highly-regarded events venue and is also home to Michelin-listed restaurant: Appleton’s at the Vineyard.
Perhaps most importantly of all, if there was a prize for the dog friendliest vineyard in Cornwall, Trevibban Mill would probably win it. As long as your dog is on a lead, then they are most welcome on the tours of the vineyards and throughout the whole state of the art main building, where there is much on offer.
Downstairs in the winery bar, you can enjoy a glass of any of their range of wines or cider. For the non-drinkers, there is also a delicious apple juice and elderflower pressé, both of which are made on site. Can’t make up your mind? then you can try a selection of eight wines for just £15.
Your dog can also accompany you upstairs to Appleton’s. The restaurant was established in 2016 by Andy Appleton, former head chef of nine years at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, who has taken to rustic, Italian dishes and added a contemporary twist to the menu. The added highlight to your meal is the wonderful view across the flower gardens and vineyards, to the St Issey valley beyond, which on a fine day, you can enjoy on the terrace.
You can explore the estate with your dog and the best way to do so is on one of the grand walking tours that take place every Sunday from 10:30am-2pm. These take in the vineyard, the orchard and the lakeside and also provide an opportunity to learn about viticulture and grape growing in England. You also get to sample seven wines and enjoy a light lunch, all for £35.
The tour is a great way to experience first hand the approach to the environment that has always been adopted at Trevibban Mill. Every summer, for instance, the field in front of the tasting room is sown with phacelia and wildflower, attracting many different types of bee as well as looking – and smelling – absolutely beautiful.
Or you can opt for a simple wine tour of the vineyard, complete with a tasting of three wines, every Wednesday at 4pm for £10, again with your dog by your side.
Most of the wines and ciders produced at Trevibban Mill are available from the shop, where you can also purchase pots of their absolutely divine selection of Thempation hummus (also made on site) – our favourite had to be the Spiced Carrot and Turmeric.
Padstow is very nearby if you want to visit after your wine tour. It’s very dog friendly but if you’re anything like us, as you are enjoying a walk around the harbour, you will already be planning your return to Trevibban.
To book a tour and find out more about Trevibban Mill, visit their website here